The meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) chaired by the Prime Minister has approved mega projects for infrastructure development and water sector.
ECNEC approved the construction of Lodhran-Multan Section (North Bound 62kms) of N-5 and construction of two flyovers at Railways Crossing at Lodhran Bypass, at a cost of Rs12.434 billion.
Within 24 months, beside road, two flyovers along with three interchanges at Super Chowk and Permit Chowk, Lodhran, and an interchange at Bahawalpur Chowk, Multan would also be built. Additionally, four minor bridges as well as reconstruction and widening of culverts and urban area improvement at Basti Malook, Multan City, and Larr Town, would also be carried out under the project.
The meeting also accorded in principle approval to the the acquisition of land and resettlement project of Diamer-Bhasha Dam. Under the Rs175.43 billion project35,924 acres of land would be acquired while, 30,350 people being displaced from 4,102 households of the project area would be resettled.
The meeting was further informed that besides, provision of health facilities, establishment of educational institutes and improvement, implementation of cultural heritage management plan, fisheries management plan, camp management plan, livelihood interventions, social safety net, business restoration plan and socioeconomic research studies would also be undertaken and completed under the project